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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
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Jul 15, 2010

I hadn't remembered the part about the 'cork' tree until I read the reviews. A 'cork' tree is an oak, since cork was once made from the inner bark of oak trees (genus Quercus).

I liked this story when I first read it as a teenager. At the time, I thought that bulls who won bullfights were retired to stud. I didn't realize that the 'sport' of bullfighting was a formalization of the older 'sport' of bull-baiting.

When I found out that the bull was habitually killed, I liked the story even more. Good'on'im for refusing to be party to it!

I thought of this book when I read a later book I still can't pin down, in which an acrobatic woman is challenged to a bullfight, and chooses to do it 'Cretan' style: ie summersaulting over the bull's back, using the horns as leverage, as in Minoan murals. Wonder how Ferdinand would have reacted to that?

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